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Post Number:#1  Unread postby CO Int » Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:45 am


I am so glad to have found this forum - I looked at a few other but found mostly pet style forums - I have to agree with what has been written before - this is the most encompassing site regarding bunnies ever!

I'll just make a very long story short by saying that I started with horses 25 years ago and recently gave it up. I knew I would have to find something to occupy my time and I knew it had to have something with animals - rabbits seemed like the perfect option for me. I haven't posted much so far as I have been reading as much as I can - it's just great finding a resource with so much information.

I have a buck and two does of a local meat breed in South Africa called the Phendula (in English it means "The Answer"). They are very similar to NZ but they have a much less dense coat that is silkier. They were bred for the same reasons as the Altex but the Phendula is a showable rabbit under the South African Rabbit Breeders Association. My oldest doe gave birth to her (and my! :lol: ) first litter of 6 at the end of July. I'm having loads of fun trying things I read from the boards here - I think I have 4 boys and 2 girls but time will tell. I won't put any faith in my ability of sexing 4 week olds just yet.

I'll upload some photos soon and have quite a few questions regarding some general issues which I will post under the appropriate subject.

Thanks for having me!

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post Number:#2  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:58 pm


welcome,
and good luck...
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

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Post Number:#3  Unread postby hotzcatz » Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:18 pm


Pictures? I've never even heard of Phendula rabbits before!

What type of climate zone are you in? Can you grow a lot of their food?
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Post Number:#4  Unread postby CO Int » Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:35 am


Here's a link to how the breed was developed with some pictures - http://grba.org.za/sa-phendula

They are really a meat mutt with everything you can think of with a mix of most available breeds here.

I definitely can grow their food although I am in an urban environment - but we have a big garden. Our temperature in winter never drops below 38F/3C and during the day it's usually a quite acceptable 60F/15C. Summer is more of a problem with nights rarely going below 60F/15C and days often hitting 104F/40C. Plants grow very well in my area as we are just behind a mountain which makes it slightly hotter and we never have frost. I am unfortunately the world's worst gardener and everything green I touch ends up dead. We have got some Bottlebrush trees (of the Myrtle family) which I use for toys and we also have Hibiscus which they like to eat.

I really doubt that my gardening skills will improve - I really hate it! Things either die or get eating by an army of insects. :evil:

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Green2Rabbits » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:27 pm


Welcome to the forum! Nice site and people to learn from. 104 in the day time.....I guess I shouldn't complain when it hits 90s here.

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